Of course, a
discussion of the kind of money a radiologist's job can pull down should be placed into perspective
with an understanding of just exactly what the demands the career comes with. Involvement in the
field of radiology can range from top to the bottom. Starting with a job where you are the actual
head medical doctor who has specialized training in radiology, down to
a job where you contribute in an assisting role - as a technician.
A radiologist accepts requests from doctors for x-rays and scans, operates the equipment to conduct
the tests required and then interprets the results with an expert eye in a way that will be useful
to a diagnosing physician. The interpreting part needs special training. This is usually only
handed to a radiologist who has completed special residency programs for it. With a good deal of
experience, a radiology technician can take over certain responsibilities in a radiologist's job
and operate equipment himself.
Your first step to becoming a radiologist would be to enter a full four-year undergraduate course
to gain a bachelor's degree. If that has you panting for breath, you follow that up with a
four-year graduating degree at medical school. With a further four years in residency training,
you're nearly there. A final year, your 13th, will gain you fellowship training and get you ready
for - wait for it - a licensing exam called the USMLE, where you obtain a medical license from your
state, a board exam in radiology, and further tests as any hospital may deem fit. For all this
trouble, you're probably thinking that a radiologist salary might as well be a handsome one. And it
The typical radiologist salary is among the highest in the country, of any job - about a
half-million a year. This could go up even further with additional qualifications. There are great
benefits too - three months of paid vacation every year. All of it comes down to how important a
radiologist's job is to the general success of medicine. Everything depends on the accuracy of
tests these days. If you feel that you could fill these shoes, a radiologist salary could be yours.
And with that will come great respect, responsibility and emotional rewards.
So how high can a radiologist salary go? We gathered some data online
and have some basic radiologist salary information. The radiologist salaries that are not
commissioned can range from $64,746 to $250,000 at Kaiser Permanente. Hospitals pay a
radiologist pay from between $44,980 up to $150,000 in most areas. The industry standard for the
radiologist salary is from $33,865 up to about $136,000. However, the national average salary
ranges are $48,519 up to $204,153.
The commissioned salaries are on a whole different pay scale which we won't attempt to go into
here. Needless to say, your time obtaining a medical license from your state and passing the exam
will be well worth it over the long run.